The Mom’s Blog

  • Positive Parenting Phylosophy
    My parents did the best they could with what they had, what they knew and the resources available to them. I like to think that if I were being raised now, some things would be different. For example, I hope that the "wait 'till your father gets home" philosophy of scaring the pants off kids has been abandoned. In our home, I am the primary disciplinarian being the one that normally finds the error of their ways and 'gets' to correct their behavior. Further to waiting for dad was the infernal waiting in our rooms until dad got around to dealing with us. I'm sure it was maybe 30 minutes or so but it felt like an eternity. I get now that the wait was likely the time it took for our dad to cool off in order to dole out the punishment calmly - for that I'm thankful.... and, all in all, the waiting was probably a good thing to some extent - it was certainly more productive than what happened when the wait was over. Which brings me to corporal punishment. When the wait was over and we heard the footsteps coming down the hall and our stomachs knotted one more time and the 747 jets bounced up against those knotted muscles we knew what was coming. There wasn't much talking - the spanking happened. Thankfully I think most people have given up the practice - or at least I hope so. Parents have come to realize that
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